On This Day

Historical Events in April 1978

Television Finale

Apr 1 "The Bob Newhart Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • Apr 1 Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
  • Apr 1 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard 14/1 chance Lucius wins by half a length from Sebastian V

Sports History

Apr 1 New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy becomes first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season after scoring #50 and #51 in the closing moments in a 3-2 win over Washington

  • Apr 2 Jamaican batsman Basil Williams scores 100 on debut for the West Indies in Australia's 3 wicket 3rd Test victory in Georgetown, Guyana

Television Premiere

Apr 2 TV show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS as a 5 week mini-series; ratings success leads to a 13 year run

  • Apr 2 Georges de Mestral's patent for "velvet type fabric" expires, puts "Velcro" in the open market

Sports History

Apr 2 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 7-6, 6-4 at Oakland Coliseum Arena

  • Apr 3 European market & China signs trade agreement

Radio History

Apr 3 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.

  • Apr 6 Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 7 Guttenberg bible sells for $2,000,000 in New York City

Historic Event

Apr 7 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb

Sports History

Apr 7 US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976

US Masters Golf

Apr 9 42nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 42 year old Gary Player shoots a record-tying final round 64 (−8) to win by 1 stroke from Rod Funseth, Tom Watson and Hubert Green

  • Apr 9 Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam)

Sports History

Apr 9 In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

  • Apr 10 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
  • Apr 12 Gyorgy Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm

Music Awards

Apr 12 13th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle win

  • Apr 13 Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered
  • Apr 14 David Hare's play "Plenty" premieres in London
  • Apr 14 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • Apr 14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • Apr 14 Thousands of Georgians demonstrate in the capital Tbilisi against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language
  • Apr 15 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • Apr 15 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Apr 16 "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • Apr 16 Cardinals' Bob Forsch no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0, in St. Louis
  • Apr 16 NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"
  • Apr 17 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)

Boston Marathon

Apr 17 82nd Boston Marathon: US double; Bill Rodgers wins his 2nd men's title in 2:10:13; Gayle Barron women's champion in 2:44:52

  • Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
  • Apr 18 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • Apr 19 Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
  • Apr 22 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
  • Apr 22 23rd Eurovision Song Contest: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta for Israel wins singing "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" in Paris

Sports History

Apr 23 Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 consecutive errorless games at 2nd

  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Baseball Record

Apr 24 Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

  • Apr 25 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • Apr 25 Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
  • Apr 25 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"
  • Apr 26 France sends troops to Chad
  • Apr 26 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • Apr 27 Cooling tower collapses at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, West Virginia, kills 51
  • Apr 27 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
  • Apr 30 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
  • Apr 30 British film "The Stud" starring Joan Collins, based on the book by her sister Jackie Collins premieres in UK